Digging Deeper

My research journey from Bloomsbury to Ballarat was sparked by a rough sea voyage. I  wrote this article, while battling seasickness, on a large ferry bound for […] 

August 2015: My Reading

The gull sees farthest who flies highest. Richard Bach As citizens of a free society, we have a duty to look critically at our world. But […] 

The Benefits of School Exchanges

“Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.”  Kevin Kelly There’s many experiences I wish all students could have as part of their schooling. […] 

The State of the Birds (Citizen Science)

The long-term goal of this project is to establish a set of bird indices for all major Australian bird groups, so that future SOAB reports […] 

July 2015: My Reading

Two weeks of holidays certainly provided time for more books this month than last. I continue to enjoy the pleasures of rereading and science fiction, […] 

Resources for Citizen Science

The Maximising the Capacity of Citizen Science for Science and Society conference run by the Australian Citizen Science Association has showcased a wide range of projects and resources that […] 

Citizen Science in our Schools?

“Citizen Science is a partnership between individuals and scientists for investigating pressing questions about the world. The purpose of this conference is bring together the Australian […] 

Subscribe?

Why do people still pay to subscribe to magazines, journals, websites and newspapers? For some time, to subscribe, one has entered an email address or added […] 

June 2015: My Reading

“…by writing about himself, Knausgaard has really written about them, that reading ‘My Struggle’ is like opening someone else’s diary and finding your own secrets.” […] 

Citizen Science and Big History

National Geographic encourages student citizen scientists to participate in their Genographic Project, which employs cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyse historical patterns in DNA […] 

Photography: what’s in my bag?

He who would travel happily must travel light.       Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Although this blog has no product sponsorship deals or affiliations with […] 

May 2015: My Reading

Certain books, though, like certain landscapes, stay with us even when we have left them, changing not just our weathers but our climates. Robert MacFarlane […] 

Performance and Development Framework

“Teaching is a dynamic and rewarding profession. Good teachers provide students with rich, interesting and well-structured learning experiences. Teachers who provide these experiences enjoy the […] 

April 2015: My Reading

Italy A full two weeks of the April were spent in Italy – most of the trip was spent in Perugia, a town located in […] 

Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Our school runs a program – A Wider World View – that encourages students and staff to participate in exchanges and homestays. Currently 17 students […] 

March 2015: My Reading

“Science fiction is a literature that belongs to all humankind.”  Liu Cixin March has been an exciting month of science fiction reading and some progress has […] 

Google Classroom*

‘More teaching, less tech-ing’** My employer has provided Google Apps for Education (GAFE) since the beginning of the year. Actually, this started five years ago […] 

Lee Filters on my Fujifilm X100T

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept”    Henri Cartier-Bresson I always enjoy using Lee Filters, especially the Big Stopper on my X100S. Since upgrading to the X100T I have […] 

Nurturing Democracy: Shellharbour Forum

Active and informed citizens…are committed to national values of democracy, equity and justice, and participate in Australia’s civic life.     Melbourne Declaration The Student Representative […] 

Reflections on magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C Clarke’s third law of prediction came to mind while walking through wetlands near my home […] 

February 2015: My Reading

There’s been a good variety of books completed this month including graphic novels, historical fiction, essays, memoirs, biographies, contemporary fiction, revolutionary pamphlets and plenty of […] 

Northern Lights: The Positive Policy Example

This book is written in the belief that the nations of Scandinavia and Finland, or Nordic Europe*, do continue to provide important living proof that […] 

The Professional and the Personal

Back in 2008, Martin Weller’s video, A Twitter Love Song, captured the potential of social media to be the ‘sweet spot’, a kind of comfortable marriage of […] 

January 2015: My Reading

It is not a New Year’s resolution but I intend to write one blog post a month about what I’ve been reading. Usually I write […] 

DNA & My Ancestral Tree

I was adopted as a baby. My adoptive parents made no secret of that fact but never had any information they could share about my […] 

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